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Ship’s Israeli Security Fends Off Pirates

Israeli private security guards have fought off pirates north of the coast of Somalia, saving 1,500 Italian cruise-ship passengers from potential harm. The Italian crew provided stirring accounts of the efficiency and bravery of the Israeli security guards, who exchanged fire with the heavily armed pirates. This was noted in many media reports, for example here by the Associated Press.
But one organization — and no surprise, it is the BBC — despite running a 23-paragraph story about the incident, went out of its way not to mention that the saviors of the ship and its 1,500 passengers were Israelis. Is the BBC ever willing to portray Israelis in a positive light?

UPDATE: Following criticism, on Monday night the BBC subtly added the word “Israeli” into the eleventh paragraph of their article — but its time stamp remains unchanged, despite the update. This is not the first time the BBC has subtly updated pieces without telling readers. See here for example, or here.

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.


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